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“I started this blog back in 2009 with the thought that what is popular and trendy in health and fitness is not always correct. In fact, a good percentage of the time individuals are just following the crowd and getting frustrated by not getting the results they want. “ – Mike Cola
The goal of this blog is to figure out what are the most advanced innovative ways to: improve your health, build a strong flexible body and maintain an optimal weight. Mike utilizes his 30 years of fitness training experience along with analyzing the latest research, to sift through the noise and find out what really works.
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I wanted to give an example of what the perfect baby boomer fitness program should look like. If you’re a Baby Boomer whose goals are general fitness and good health, this is the perfect program for you. I’ve been a personal trainer for over 25 years and most of my clients have always been the ageless baby boomers, so I know what works for them.
Most people have a big misconception about how much time you really have to spend working out in a week to be fit. As long as you control your weight with your diet, which is what I generally recommend (…)
My kids think Mallomar cookies are the world’s greatest tasting cookies. I love them too.
If you live in the United States you can only buy Mallomars from early October to April. It is my understanding that Mallomars melt too easily so they are only produced seanonally. Now that it is fall my wife just brought home a large case of them from Costco. I just had my first Mallomar of the season and it did not disappoint. It was fresh, crisp and went down easy. My daughter ate about five in less than 5 minutes(…)
We all know how important it is to get adequate sleep but so few of us do get enough. Your body can’t function at an optimal level if you are always sleep deprived. So many important reactions happen to our bodies when you are asleep. Vital hormones are released when you are asleep that help your brain function, immune system and can even help you to lose weight. Check out this article I wrote called Lack of Sleep Leads to Weight Gain.
Out of all my Fitness Contrarian principles this is probably the hardest one for me to follow. Owning a gym and training clients is a very labor-intensive job with long hours. I’m up at 5:30 AM six days per week training clients and spending whatever remaining time I have with my wife and kids (…)
When your arteries are young they expand easily so blood can pass through them without much resistance. Unfortunately when we get older our arteries can become stiffer and lose their ability to open. Stiff arteries can increase your risk for high blood press, heart attack, stroke and heart disease.
Luckily there are a number of lifestyle modifications you can undertake to slow down the aging process of your arteries and even prevent them from ever becoming stiff (…)
Besides doing your short hard strength and interval work-outs you need to do easy longer aerobic work-outs on a regular basis. This principle can blend into living an active lifestyle (Principle #3) but an active lifestyle can be stop and go, while easy aerobics should be continuous.
It’s real important to do some type of long low-level aerobic activity for good health. What I mean by low level is anywhere from 55% to 70% of your maximum heart rate (on average your maximum heart rate is 220 – your age). You don’t even have to use your heart rate as a guide just walk, bike or do anything aerobic at a comfortable pace for an extended period of time (…)
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh just found that 12 to 14 year olds can play 24% longer at a high intensity if they consume isotonic drinks (like Gatorade). The study showed that drinking a 6% carbohydrate - electrolyte solution improved the young athletes...
Remember that old adage about look at your friends and it will tell you a lot about yourself? Well if your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle having fit friends makes the whole process much easier. If your close friends are living an active lifestyle and eating mostly whole natural foods you will most likely follow suit.
Since most people in the US don’t live a healthy lifestyle you might have to make a real effort to find some fit friends to socialize with. In addition, it can be a problem if your immediate family is sedentary (…)
At least one in ten athletes in the 2010 Winter Olympics was injured. The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published a report listing the winter sports that cause the most injuries, the winter sports that cause the least injuries and what the most common winter...
The best way to eat is lots of vegetables, a couple of fruits, some animal protein, an egg or two, some nuts and seeds, and plenty of healthy fat every day. I know there are so many schools of thought when it comes to the ideal diet. The last 20 years could not be any more confusing for the average person looking to lose some weight and eat healthy. After studying nutrition in school, then reading just about every best selling diet book that was published and finally using my experience working with a few hundred personal training clients over the years, I have concluded that eating whole natural foods are the way to go.
You have to eat a rainbow of colorful vegetables every day. Vegetables offer excellent nutritional value with minimal calories. Vegetables are my favorite source of carbohydrates (…)
It’s hard to explain why people who drink seem to live longer than people who do not drink. A new study that was reported by Time and published in the journal called Alcoholism, said that for some reason that is unknown, abstaining from drinking alcohol increases your...
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